Pennsylvania is bracing for a significant storm that could dump up to 10 inches of snow in the Pocono Mountains and several inches elsewhere, followed by a blast of dangerously frigid air that will see wind chills plunging to below zero.
The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning for northeastern Pennsylvania, where the NWS says snowfall will be heaviest Thursday afternoon and evening before tapering off Friday morning.
Forecasters say strong northerly winds will cause blowing and drifting, and force temperatures into the single digits.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for the State College area, which is expected to see 2 to 4 inches of snow.
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The advisory, which is in effect from noon Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday, says that the most intense snow will fall Thursday afternoon into the night. Temperatures will drop into the single digits and teens, with subzero wind chills by Friday morning.
AccuWeather.com forecasts a high temperature of 29 degrees and a low temperature of 4 degrees Thursday, and a high of 10 and a low of 2 on Friday.
The weather service boosted its predicted snowfall amounts Wednesday, and now says 4 to 6 inches will fall in the Philadelphia area and 6 to 8 will fall farther north. Western and central Pennsylvania could see between 2 and 7 inches.